Archive for July 18, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: July 18, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Do not wait for the earth to shake, a thunderous roar, a loud unseen voice or fiery skies! Do not say I will return to the Lord when I stop sinning first.

Our Lord Jesus Christ had spoken, “Come to me all you who are burdened and weary and I will give you rest.” Do not wait to change, come to Him and He will transform you. His grace and peace will be upon you.

And then, you will see the signs! Peace, love and joy in your hearts. An illumination from within which will show on your faces. And everyone will know that you walk humbly with God.

Grant me Your pardon and mercy Lord. Purify me that I may be white as snow. This day and every day, so that I may sing your praise and bring You glory through my living of Your Word. Amen

First reading
Micah 6:1-4,6-8

Listen to what the Lord is saying:

Stand up and let the case begin in the hearing of the mountains and let the hills hear what you say.

Listen, you mountains, to the Lord’s accusation, give ear, you foundations of the earth, for the Lord is accusing his people, pleading against Israel:

My people, what have I done to you, how have I been a burden to you? Answer me.

I brought you out of the land of Egypt, I rescued you from the house of slavery; I sent Moses to lead you, with Aaron and Miriam.

– ‘With what gift shall I come into the Lord’s presence and bow down before God on high?

Shall I come with holocausts, with calves one year old? Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand, with libations of oil in torrents?

Must I give my first-born for what I have done wrong, the fruit of my body for my own sin?’

– What is good has been explained to you, man; this is what the Lord asks of you only this, to act justly, to love and to walk humbly with your God.

Matthew 12:38-42

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.’